repartion hard drive without losing data

Does anybody know how I can repartion the hard drive without losing my data. And is there any free applications which will do this.


OS is windows 98

Cheers

Andy
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
I actually found some on Download.com
I however do not know how well the work....so I would suggest backing up your stuff before you mess with it.

http://download.com.com/3000-2248-914828.html?tag=lst-0-4
http://download.com.com/3000-2094-4498815.html?tag=lst-0-6


Like I said I dunno how well they work, so Make sure you back up your stuff before you try it.  Even if you try Partition Magic - you should still backup as well...
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
Andy,

i do not know of any freeware utils that do this.  One software that I know that works well is Partition Magic.
It can be found here: www.powerquest.com
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sorgieCommented:
If you concerned about your data why look for a free program??? Buy a good reliable utility.
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TooKoolKrisCommented:
Sure, they best way to do this is actually for free. Back up your data to another hard drive or storage drive and then repartition the drive and move you data back. There how much did that cost?

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sorgieCommented:
If you don't have a second drive between 70 and 120 dollars! But it is a safe free way
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fantacmetCommented:
There is another way to do it for free.
Especailly if you have a cdburner and a broadband connection, or if you can find someone in your community to let you borrow Slackware 8 linux CD.  Boot your computer from the CD, then once it is in and you login (login name is root) then all you have to do is type cfdisk, and it is pretty self explanatory, then once you repartition you can change the drive type to whatever you want, for win98 you would want the tyoe DOS fat32 which is selection 0B from the menu.  Then you write the partition info and you done.  There is a chance of loss of data but if you defrag your hard drive before doing this, then the chances are minimal.  I have only lost data once, and I have done this over 100 times.  You don't have to install Slack8 or any linux at all.  Most of the linux distributions have a partitioning option like this, but Slack8 has the best one, and easiest to use without having to install the OS.  This isn't the only way but it is another possible solution for you.
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
right.....or if he could just borrow a Partition Magic CD that is free too... eh?
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jhanceCommented:
Whatever you choose here remember one vital thing...

MAKE A BACKUP OF ANY AND ALL FILES YOU WANT TO KEEP BEFORE USING ANY SUCH TOOL!!!!!

This is a dangerous process and while the tools are quite reliable, mistakes happen and if they do, you'll be very sorry if you don't have a backup.
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fracheCommented:
Never reboot or unplug your machine during repartition process.
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andysalihAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the comments but what i was really after was a quick solution to a small problem, having to pay for the software would not be a problem but why bother is people have written the same software for free,

you know like freeware.

anyway.

Thanks wakeup for pointing me to the website which offers software exactly what I requested.

Well done matey, just what I asked for.

many thanks

Andy
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